September 2017
Summer Program Review and Upcoming Events
As the summer comes to a close and our girls begin their new school year, let's look back over the fun of Camp Diva Leadership Academy 2017!

We've spent the summer expanding our girls' knowledge of STEAM and exposed them to strong black woman leaders in this field to encourage them to be undeterred in any career path they choose to pursue. The girls enjoyed traditional field trips, chatting with guest speakers, and engaging with workshop facilitators.

Look out for our upcoming events if you want to be involved with GFAC throughout the year!

We beat the heat! 92 Girls participated in our first Day Camp and Residential camps this summer 
A Message From the CEO
Your girls may be set to tackle another school year and all the assignments, projects and tests that lie ahead. But as parents, are you ready to  help bridge the gap between home, school, and community?

Girls For A Change is here, not only are we an awesome summer enrichment program, we have activities year round to prepare your daughter for the world.

Please continue to follow us on social media, register for our email blast, and join our membership club to receive discounts and free opportunities to elevate your daughter/s and our community. 

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share an awesome summer with your daughter/s. 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe, & woke 2017-18 school year!

Angela Patton
CEO & President
Take A Look!
See what we have been doing all summer! GFAC is here to provide black girls with opportunities to expand their horizons, challenge them to think outside of the box, and to promote sisterhood in our community.

Highlights include: Market Day, Coach Nickey, and our girls just being girls!

Upcoming Events
Weekly Programs

Girls Who Code RVA Program: 6pm
Program Start Date: Tuesday, October 3rd

We are excited to start this club and connect our amazing community to the single mission of Girls Who Code, to close the gender gap in technology. We understand the importance of getting our youth ladies and community not only involved, but excited about this mission.

GFAC Chesterfield: located on 100 Buford Road North Chesterfield, VA 23235
For more information please visit our page

Get Fit With Ms.Whit Fitness Program : 7pm - 8pm
Open to women and girls. All fitness levels welcome. Parent/Guardian must sign-in those under 18.
Bring a towel and water.

GFAC Chesterfield: located on 100 Buford Road North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Save the Dates

Thursday, September 14th - Sunday 17th:

FREE events for ALL YOUTH
Films recommended for ages 11+

Films to watch Saturday at 12pm:
Perfect Day
Dir: Derrick Saunders

Samedi Cinema
Dir: Mamadou Dia

black enuf* 
Dir: Carrie Hawks

Shell V
Dir: Raven Jackson

See You Yesterday
Dir: Stefon Bristol

Other activities
Storyboarding Workshop
This workshop will give attendees an introduction into the role storyboarding has in film creation and will let give participants a chance to create a story of their own!

Youth Yoga with Bare Soul
Instructors for Bare Soul yoga will come and lead the attendees in 20 mins of guided meditation and yoga instruction. All ages and levels welcome.

Saturday, September 23rd:
Black Girl Rally and Mural Project Kickoff
Hosted by Nickey McMullen
Keynote Speaker: Arvat McClaine
Volunteers Needed for the Black Girl Rally at the  RVA Street Art Festival

Wednesday, September 27th:
STEM Interest Meeting
GFAC Chesterfield location
6 pm

Friday, September, 29th:
Interest meeting for the Young Women’s Business Leadership Conference  at Harvard University
Interest in Girl Ambassador program
GFAC Chesterfield location
6:30 pm

Monday, October 2nd:
After School Program Info Session
GFAC Chesterfield: located on 100 Buford Road North Chesterfield, VA 23235
6:30 pm

Saturday, October 14th:
Mural Project/ Girl Action Team kickoff
Special Guest: Empire actress Serayah McNeil ( Tiana Brown)
Visit  Hands On RVA to register 

(HandsOn provide information for volunteers, such as what to wear, snacks and water provided, restrooms available, etc)
New GFAC Membership Program
As you know GFAC offers many free and fee based programs outside of Camp Diva. We are offering a new activity membership program paired with our after school tuition. All members will be able to participate various programs for free, discounts off non-GFAC/fee based activities, and ability to rent the GFAC Chesterfield location (at an additional cost).

$10 per child! (in addition to tuition)
Black Girl Mural Project Kick Off
Join us for the Mural Project Project Kick off at the   RVA Street Art Festival Saturday, September 23 from 9 am - 5 pm to celebrate art culture in RVA. 

Virginia Credit Union invites its members to join in painting a mural by RVA Artist Hamilton Glass in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward. The mission is to support and inspire Black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development and social change in their communities.

Our girls will color page images with their community to celebrate the awesomeness of Black Girls in RVA  being empowered, being confident and loving themselves and their community. 

The mural design came about as a collaboration between Girls for A Change members and Hamilton Glass.
In addition to painting the mural, volunteers may assemble and decorate snack bags that will be used in the after school programs offered by Girls for a Change.
The Virginia Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative that helps members live more confidently, by showing them how to gain control over every aspect of their financial world. 
The project is coordinated with help from HandsOn Greater Richmond.

Learn more about our upcoming mural project, recruit volunteers, color coloring book pages of images inspired by the mural to help paint the wall on  Saturday, October 14th  featuring special guest   Serayah Mcneill Empire Actress

Volunteer Options for October 14th:

10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30pm - 4:30 pm 
4:30pm - 6:30 pm

Two high school girls are needed per shift. Their role will be to work with younger children, help lead the coloring activity with VACU employees, and to help promote the broad street mural event.

Visit   Hands On RVA  to register to volunteer.

(HandsOn provide information for volunteers, such as what to wear, snacks and water provided, restrooms available, etc)
About the Artist
Hamilton Glass is an artist native to Philadelphia, PA, and now based in Richmond. He is an artist in the U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project, a team of Richmond artists who pay tribute to the community and its historical legacy through mural arts. The murals serve the communities in which the art is designed to live.

The murals enrich the properties and the neighborhood and provide a deterrent to graffiti. U.N.I.T.Y. is an acronym for U: Upholding, N: networking and I: inspiring T: togetherness in celebration of Y: yesterday.

In Kind Donation Request and Volunteers Needed
Accepting Donations of Crayons For RVA First Black Girl Mural Project

Girls For A Change is requesting a donation of  Multicultural Crayons, Assorted Specialty Colors, Box Of 8. The crayons can be ordered on  Amazon and shipped to our physical address  100 Buford Road North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Our girls will color page images with their community to celebrate the awesomeness of Black Girls in RVA being empowered, being confident and loving themselves and their community.

Because of space limitations, the project is limited to 60 volunteers. Volunteers will be given instruction and will be guided in painting the mural by artist Hamilton Glass.

Ages for mural participation: 8 and up.
Saturday, October 14, from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Raindate: Saturday, October 28.
Corner of N. 1 st  Street and E. Broad Street in Historic Jackson Ward.
Please check-in at the volunteer tent upon arrival

Volunteer Options
Two High school girls are needed per shift. Their role will be to work with younger children, help lead the coloring activity with VACU employees, and to help promote the broad street mural event.

Visit   Hands On RVA  to register to volunteer.
We are a 4-H Site!
Girls For A Change - Chesterfield will be a 4-H site. Please complete the attached application , health history , and code of conduct . We can also ask the parents to print /drop off at the center Tuesday (6 pm - 8 pm) or Thursday (6 pm-8 pm) or scan and email them to  

Please type 4-H GFAC in the subject. on your application list Girls For A Change- Chesterfield as the site. Deadline is September 18th. Please read the  Benefits of 4 H .

The G4-HS Healthy Living and STEM Lock-In

The program will take place on  October 20, 2017 from 8pm-8am at VCU's Rice Center

G4-HS promotes Healthy Living! Youth  ages 10-14 are welcome to register by reaching out to myself, or Sarah Morton, Throughout the night, participants will be joining in on interactive activities and will have the chance to make many new friends. Youth will learn about healthy living in relation to nutrition, exercise, and more! 

If interested, please complete the attached flyer, and send it to or you can register through this link:

Please list any allergies or dietary restrictions you may have.

The  last day to register for this program is October 1, 2017. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 
President's Volunteer Service Award
Girls For A Change members are encouraged to volunteer and record your volunteer hours and activities to track your progress towards a bronze, silver, gold, or Lifetime Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award.
Remember six reasons  why volunteering is important (and awesome!):

1) Gaining New Experiences and Insights
2) Giving Back and Helping Others
3) Creating Connections with People
4) A Sense of Accomplishment
5) Building Career Options
6) College Admissions Process

As if I would end this article without going back to this hot mess. Unfortunately for us, we live in a pretty competitive world. College admissions has become much more than GPAs, test scores, and letters of recommendations. You, as a highly motivated and worried college-bound student, already know that. Volunteering, while it won’t raise your GPA or add 20 points to your SAT score, will give you a plethora of other things, like experiences, connections, and most importantly, a voice.

An Opportunity for ALL High School Girls
Girl Ambassadors of Girls For A Change and High school girls are encouraged to attend this amazing experience on the campus of  Harvard University

Thi s opportunity is not FREE however, Girls For A Change has been offered a discounted rate to make it affordable and a scheduled payment plan.
Young Women’s Business Leadership Conference   (YWBLC), organized by the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB).
This fall, on the weekend of  November 4th-5th, YWBLC will be bringing together high school women throughout the nation who share a passion for business or leadership, building a community of support and empowerment. They'll spend two days on Harvard's Campus getting to know each other, current members and leaders of HUWIB, and the dynamic range of accomplished speakers and workshop leaders from across industries.
At the conference, young women will be given the opportunity to learn more about the business world, meet other women who share their passions and hear from industry experts who share a passion for business and leadership. These girls also have the chance to practice interviews, sharpen their resumes, take LinkedIn head shots, attend coffee chats, and more.

Thank you, and looking forward to hearing back from you!   
Thank You and Shout Outs!
We Appreciate Your Support
We have so many people to thank for the success of Camp Diva 2017!

A special thank you to Target for sponsoring our ReVamping Fashion Leaders residential camp and to Fashion Snoops for taking our girls under their wing and hosting us in NYC.

Twitter donated our new Macbooks were donated so our girls could have an opportunity to learn coding and to research various projects.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond kindly invited us to go Back To School Shopping with the Bright Beginnings Program. We are grateful to you for making our girls Back to School Ready! 

Thank you to all our staff, volunteers, workshop facilitators, guest speakers, partners, and of course our girls and their parents!

Partners & Workshop Facilitators

Akela Silkman
Amanda Montgomery (Hummingbird Gardens)
Bon Secours' Class-a-Roll
Chef CoCo
Christopher Turner (Chris Flowers)
Coach Nikki
Danielle (INNERWILL Leadership Institute)
ECPI Moorefield Campus
Emily Herr (GIRLS!GIRLS!GIRLS murals)
Jonathon M. Young (Director of Corporate Relations at Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University)
Keyona Allen and her fellow VCU Psychology Ph.D. students
Magic Carpet Tours
Manchester YMCA
MathScience Innovation Center
MAXX Potential
Renew Richmond
Tammie Mobley (Director of Youth Programs Relationship Foundation of Virginia, First Things First)
Richmond Magazine
Team Change
Tricycle Garden
VCU Fashion Design and Merchandising Department
VCU School of Social Work
Vegan Nation
Virginia Union University
Divas of the Year
Samiah Kirksey (Day Camp)
Anasia Wattie (Residential Camp)
Guest Speakers
Dr. LaShaunda McNeil
Research and Development for Pantene Gold Series
Dr. Brandy Young-Gqamana
CEO/Founder of The BioDiagnostic Alliance, LLC
Assistant Professor at Hampton University
Yolanda L. Avent
Keynote speaker for Camp Diva Leadership Residential Experience 
Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. 
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